Brisbane Living Heritage Network is planning an event this time in North Stradbroke and it is scheduled to take place on August 20th – the activities are likely to last approximately five hours so it is best to set aside the day for this and savour all that is on offer.
The Museum at Dunwich
Its title is "Benevolent Dunwich". Why Benevolent? Dunwich is the main township on North Stradbroke Island, as well as the site for the Benevolent Asylum which was established there in 1865 to take the old and infirm from the Benevolent Ward at the Brisbane Hospital. This aylum was in operation until 1946 and many old and infirm patients lived out their days here.
The Women's Quarters
A guide from the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum will be on hand to talk you through this period in history and show you through records and artefacts what life must have been like then. There will be a tour around the historic township. This will include morning tea at the museum and a walk around some of the buildings of the town which also served as a convict outpost and finally the cemetery, where you will hear about personalities and families who were buried there. Cemeteries are always such fascinating places.
The Entrance. Photo by Kerry Shortis
The day will start early – meeting at Toondah Harbour, Cleveland where parking is available to catch the 8.55 am Stradbroke Ferries Water Taxi. So arrive in plenty of time to park and purchase your tickets. The BHLN coordinator will be available to help you purchase the right tickets for your journey.
The tour will end at One Mile Jetty at the Little Ship Club with an opportunity to buy lunch there, with a planned return to Cleveland on the 1.25pm Stradbroke Ferries Water Taxi.
For those wanting to explore North Stradbroke more fully, either to spend more time in the township, or to go along to Amity Point and do some whale watching, the ferries depart later and you can book your tickets accordingly.
Tickets cost :
25.00 general ticket; $16.50 BLHN/NSIHM individual members (water taxi fares not included)
37.00 general ticket; $28.50 BLHN/NSIHM individual members (includes 2 x water taxi fares)
For more information and to book your tickets online press on the blhn.org/tours